Eat, Sleep, Sew, Repeat…

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Next up for using up was this navy and cream knit from my first Coco top, see here. I thought I’d have just about enough to give last week’s pattern, Burda Style 7175Β another outing, and I was keen to see how it would turn out in a knit.

I didn’t have any suitable fabric for jazzing up the side panels, so I thought I’d flip the stripes a different way round to create some contrast instead. I’m pretty pleased with the results of this πŸ™‚

After the hiccup with my zip last week (only to find that I could actually get the finished top on without unzipping it at all, doh!) I decided to omit the zip entirely with this one. The neck is pretty wide and given that it’s a knit, I figured it would stretch to fit. Thankfully this worked fine. It also allowed me to take the top in by an extra inch or so, as I was worried the slightly boxy fit which worked so well with my tweed version, see here, wouldn’t be quite as flattering in a knit. I also took each of the sides in a little extra too, which worked well to streamline the shape.

I was unsure as to whether to bother with the front slits or not. I decided I might as well, but I’m not sure they really work in this fabric. It might have been more flattering to stitch them up so that I could tuck this in? I left out the buttons on this one too. I didn’t really have anything suitable, but also thought this would look better unadorned and buttons might prove too heavy.

I’m not quite so enamoured with this version. It’s ok, but I just don’t love it. I think it’s just a little plain… Maybe I need to have a play around matching it with some different items in my wardrobe? Not sure…

It was a beautiful, Autumn day yesterday but there was a definite nip in the air so I’ve layered it up in these photos. I also had a big, navy cardigan on, which I whipped off to get these shots, hence my scarf,Β red, I do listen to your advice ;-), is looking ridiculously long in these. If you look closely, you’ll also see an impressive set of antlers in the background too πŸ™‚

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Photos taken at Dunham Massey, Altrincham, our nearest National Trust property.

 

My New Favourite top

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Continuing with the stash-busting theme, the next left-over material I set my mind to was this lovely tweed, from one of my much loved BHL Charlotte skirts, see here.

Leafing through my pattern collection I came across Burda Style 7175, which is a vintage-style ‘dress and accessories’ pattern. And yes, I’m loving the hat and stole too, but maybe next time πŸ˜‰ Unlike the vast majority of the others in this range, this was labelled as ‘easy’ and required ‘lightweight wools or tweeds’, perfect!

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I’d heard that Burda patterns aren’t always that detailed, but maybe that’s the ones in their magazine, as this really was pretty straightforward. The bodice was made out of four pieces, rather than the usual two. I was tempted to use a contrasting fabric for the side panels, but erred on the safe side by sticking to just one. It came together really smoothly and my invisible zip went in no problem, a relief after the last one!

I did use a contrast material for my facings though (navy boucle from my original Charlotte), as I thought the tweed might prove a little scratchy around the neckline. This worked well. I did vaguely consider constructing a lining (not included in the pattern), but it’s more boxy than close-fitting, so I think it should be ok without.

The sleeves were a little fiddly, but no doubt because I decided to ignore the instructions to sew them by hand, preferring to do them on the machine. It was a bit narrow, but it worked out fine.

The only part of the instructions I couldn’t quite make out was how to finish the slits on the front. In the end I just improvised, and I think they look just fine πŸ™‚ I even used up my two remaining buttons from my Megan dress, so this top was entirely constructed from left-overs. The cover illustration above uses much bigger ones, but maybe this would result in a slightly too vintage-y look? Then again, mine do look a little lost in these photos…

I’ve never really had a top pattern that I’ve loved before, unlike the many skirt patterns I’ve fallen for: the Ginger, the Delphine and the Charlotte. But now I have one! I really love the fit of this and the styling details. I’m already thinking of what other fabric I have that might be appropriate to run another one up in. It looks great with jeans and is really comfy, but I’m also looking forward to trying it with the matching Charlotte skirt (still in Winter storage) for work. Because of the slits it will definitely require a high-waisted bottom half to protect my middle section from exposure, really not a great look after two children!

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I really do love this! Do you have a favourite top pattern?

Thanks for reading,

Teresa x.

Wearing my heart on my sleeve…

… or my love of sewing at any rate!

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I popped into our local HobbyCraft last weekend to pick up some back-to-school supplies for the monkeys and saw this fabric. I’ve never purchased fabric here before, and it certainly wasn’t cheap, but on a whim I bought it πŸ˜‰

After my last, excruciating make, this lovely, crisp bolt of fabric just wouldn’t let me walk on by.

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I wasn’t too sure what to make with it, but flicking through my patterns, I happened upon Colette’s Sencha. I’ve made this once before, see here and couldn’t quite remember why I hadn’t made another. Half way through I remembered, all the hand sewing, that’s why… I did consider ignoring the instructions and machine stitching the sleeves, but as I’d already sewn up the side seams, it was too late! I must remember to do them first next time.

This time around, I plumped for version 2, deciding to tackle those dastardly button holes. I had a trial run on a scrap piece of fabric and then went for it. Not sure what I was scared of really, if you have an automatic buttonhole foot the machine really does do all the work for you πŸ™‚ The only nerve-wracking bit was slicing through with my scissors. Sharon of Petiteandsewing suggested getting a buttonhole chisel (thank you), and I have one on my ‘birthday wish list’ for the end of next month, so fingers crossed! I’ve clearly positioned them a little too far in, but other than that I’m pretty pleased with them.

This print is a little busy for me, but I still couldn’t resist a little, lace trim. Seriously, I think it must be linked to my sweet tooth gene. I simply can’t resist, and it did match up really well…

I paired it with some dark, denim jeans in these photos which calms the print down a little. I’m not fully convinced it’s really me, but it was a pure pleasure to sew with, which I think I deserved after my last project. Maybe next time I’ll try it untucked. And now, I even match my header πŸ˜‰